Just as white-box switches have transcended the traditional top-of-rack business model for customers demanding greater service flexibility and easier provisioning, enterprise customers are demanding more flexible, open, and cloud-based SD-WAN technologies.
Enterprise services offered by Communication Service Providers (CSP) have traditionally required the installation of multiple hardware appliances at the customer site in order to deliver mainstream functions such as routing, firewall and VPN. The customer premise equipment or CPE used to accomplish this is typically deployed on proprietary or specialized WAN technology with dedicated appliances used to implement different network functions. In addition, WAN traffic generally flows over expensive, dedicated E1/T1 lines using MPLS technology and the CSP provides the management systems that are required to operate and maintain the network.
This approach has the benefits of guaranteeing enterprise customers with reliable network services and helps to ensure that service level agreements can be met. On the flip side, it offers little flexibility for businesses who require more capacity or additional services as it lacks the agility needed to quickly respond to new business opportunities. Time to revenue ultimately suffers as CSPs struggle to provision new services, which in turn slows the innovation cycle and delays growth.
These challenges can now be overcome thanks to Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) which allow network services to be moved around different locations in the network, both at the service provider edge and on the customer premises. Specialized appliances are no longer required, as network functions like routers and firewalls become virtual and can run on open networking platforms based on Intel® architecture in the cloud as well as at the branch office. While physical service functions require a truck roll to deploy a new service, NFV and SDN provide the ability to bring virtualized service network functions to managed network service customers much faster.
Although standard IT servers may be considered for deployment as uCPE devices on the customer premises, white box appliances offer a reduced CAPEX alternative for deployment in volume. Advantech’s uCPE offering embraces CSP disaggregation strategies through NFV and enables a more cost effective separation of hardware and software in the provisioning of zero-touch appliances installed at customer SD-branch offices.
Advantech’s open white-box uCPE designs, using standard Intel processors in feature-flexible appliances, provide the range of bare-metal server platforms needed by CSPs and system integrators to transform conventional deployment models in the enterprise WAN. Advantech’s white box uCPE range covers a broad set of configurations and price points.
The FWA-T011, FWA-1010VC and FWA-1012VC offer a broad white-box choice at the entry level, scaling from 2 to 16 cores and spanning from Intel® Celeron® Processor N3350 to Intel® Atom™ C2000 and C3000 processors. Encryption and compression acceleration are supported using Intel® QuickAssist on both of the Intel® Atom™ based platforms, with DPDK providing the technology needed to accelerate packet handling by up to 10x.
Service providers can scale their uCPE deployments with Advantech’s FWA-3050 and FWA-5070 whitebox appliances based on Intel® Xeon® Processors. Both verified Intel® Select Solutions for uCPE offer flexible WAN connectivity supporting multiple site-to-site communication protocols, broadband internet and 4G LTE through field-replaceable expansions. They can be configured to meet any enterprise needs thanks to Advantech Network Mezzanine Cards (NMC) that can be populated with a choice of 1GbE, 10GbE, 25GbE or 40GbE interfaces. Integrated Intel® QuickAssist Technology accelerates execution of crypto algorithms including IPSec without burdening the CPU. As a result, secure branch connectivity including end-to-end encryption can be provided without compromising VNF performance or increasing cost. Additional IPsec acceleration and offload can be added by leveraging Advantech PCIE-3020 Intel® QuickAssist PCIe adapter. The three platforms have been designed for high-availability networks with integrated fail-safe redundancy and advanced remote security and management features that minimize system down time.
The FWA-3050, based on the Intel® Xeon® D-2100 processor, scales up whitebox uCPE choice and provides the extra throughput, VNF onboarding and processing headroom that integrators and communication service providers need to efficiently address increasing on-premise workloads.
At the high end, the FWA-5070 network appliance integrates one CPU socket to host Intel® Xeon® Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze Processors supporting up to 384GB of memory to meet the performance needs of the most demanding uCPE deployments.
Advantech’s white-boxes are OEM-Ready with customization and branding options available including chassis color, logo and front bezel design. Advantech integration centers around the world, extended by those of certified system integration partners, propose extensive integration and test services prior to packaging and labelling. Integrated ERP and SAP supply chain solutions, coupled with Advantech’s worldwide logistics network offers a flexible delivery model to meet specific needs and budget in order to simplify logistics as well as timely delivery and service to customers.
Advantech’s networking platforms have been specifically designed to run high-availability telecommunication services and minimize costly downtime. Advantech’s Advanced Platform Management provides all required IPMI v2.0 Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) functionality and also additional features that allow local and remote users to early detect system degradation, avoid system interruption and shorten mean time to repair.
For NFV and uCPE to work, an ecosystem of vendors is required to virtualize network functions like routers, firewalls, load balancers, WAN optimization controllers and more. Operating system vendors and orchestration experts need to come together to provide the tested and interoperable building blocks needed for technologies like uCPE and SD-WAN to enable the new IP infrastructure. That is why Advantech is working closely with the key uCPE vendors, with several hardware and software bundles now available for evaluation test and the gratification of numerous CSP trials underway in live networks. Bookmark this landing page and monitor the uCPE platform evolution that will enable much greater service agility and lower total cost of ownership (TCO)
6WIND is a software company with a focus on high performance networking. 6WIND’s networking software solves performance and time-to-market challenges for OEMs and Network Builders. The company’s packet processing software and software appliances are optimized for cost-effective hardware, such as Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) servers, with a choice of multicore processors to deliver a wide variety of networking and security protocols and features.
ADVA Ensemble Connector is a highly scalable, high-performance virtualization platform for hosting multi-vendor VNFs. It enables pure-play virtualization: open software running on open commercial off-the-shelf servers. This eliminates vendor lock-in so that service providers are free to mix and match best-of-breed software and hardware. Pure-play virtualization means total choice – choice of software, hardware and where to locate functionality to best suit the business needs of the provider.
Canonical is the publisher of Ubuntu, the OS for most public cloud workloads as well as the emerging categories of smart gateways, self-driving cars and advanced robots. Canonical provides enterprise security, support and services to commercial users of Ubuntu.
Cloudify is an open source, end-to-end platform designed to transform network services and multi-cloud applications, connect branches, deploy and manage multi-access edge and IoT devices, break down silos and deliver all services on-demand – automatically, at scale. Cloudify is used by telecoms, internet service providers, financial services firms, e-commerce companies, and others for NFV operations and cloud management and orchestration. Cloudify is the leading orchestration provider behind the TOSCA specification, is a founding member of ONAP, and is an active member in the OASIS and ETSI standard bodies.
CloudOps is a cloud consulting and services company focused on open source, cloud platforms, networking and DevOps. CloudOps helps businesses thrive in a data driven software economy with successful adoption and operation of cloud platforms, enabling self-service, utility economics and API-automated, continuous delivery of IT. CloudOps’ CloudMC is an API-driven, multi-tenant selfservice portal used by service providers to deliver, monetize and operationalize IaaS and SDN/NFV service offerings. It enables service providers to deliver their entire portfolio of multi-vendor (open or proprietary) products and services to market through a single pane of glass.
EKINOPS is a leading provider of open and fully interoperable layer 1, 2 and 3 solutions to service providers around the world.
Enea is a global software company focusing on software components for telecommunications and cybersecurity. Three billion people rely on systems with embedded Enea software when they use mobile phones and connect to the Internet. Enea NFV Access is a complete NFVI platform designed for deployment on white box uCPEs at the customer premise, and optimized for common vCPE and SD-WAN use cases. Not based on OpenStack, it is able to provide full throughput and performance with minimal footprint. It depends on as little as one core and scales to high-end Intel® Xeon® devices, leading to high deployment flexibility.
flexiWAN allows enterprises and service providers to adapt their SD-WAN solution without being limited by the cost, vendor lock and the specific routing capabilities offered by proprietary SDWAN vendors. flexiWAN offers an open architecture open source SD-WAN infrastructure that includes the vRouter, management, orchestration and automation as well as core SD-WAN baseline functionality. flexiWAN allows an agile network design required for modern networks and applications by offering native and optimized integration points for enterprise/service provider specific or 3rd party logic.
Founded in 1989, FONEX is a leading supplier of carrier-class telecommunications equipment. Our focus is to advise Canadian and European Service Providers and network operators, on the latest Access network technologies. Fonex offers a uCPE operational model that provides systems integration and “one-stop” support and maintenance. It provides operators with the flexibility to take advantage of a fully disaggregated hardware and software model in a manner that significantly reduces the burden and risk performing the overall systems integration function and greatly simplifies the overall support model. Fonex’ multi-vendor approach ensures flexibility to access the right technology solution at the right cost to satisfy our customers’ business and operational objectives. Their expertise and integration capabilities enable them to select best-of-breed elements in their portfolio and combine them to achieve the best value solution for their customers stated requirements.
Fortinet secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world. Fortinet empowers its customers with intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network - today and into the future. The Fortinet Security Fabric architecture can deliver security without compromise to address the most critical security challenges, whether in networked, application, cloud or mobile environments. More than 280,000 customers worldwide trust Fortinet to protect their businesses.
Intel®, a leader in the semiconductor industry, is shaping the data-centric future with computing and communications technology that is the foundation of the world’s innovations. The company’s engineering expertise is helping address the world’s greatest challenges as well as helping secure, power and connect billions of devices and the infrastructure of the smart, connected world – from the cloud to the network to the edge and everything in between. Intel® Network Builders is an ecosystem of independent software vendors, operating system vendors, original equipment manufacturers, telecom equipment manufacturers, system integrators, and communications service providers coming together to accelerate the adoption of NFV and SDN based solutions in telecommunications networks and public, private enterprise, and hybrid clouds.
KGPCo is the leading provider of complete, customized, and scalable network transformation and supply chain solutions for the communications industry. With a Solution Innovation Center to evaluate, design, and engineer cloud, virtualization and disaggregated solutions developed and operationalized in the live network environment. KGPCo is a trusted partner for customers, providing a single brand that can deliver a complement of network solutions. PREMIER is a global provider of carrier-grade products and a strategic sourcing company. A wholly-owned subsidiary of KGPCo, based on a methodology of providing critical supply items at competitive rates, while maintaining the quality and dependability carriers demand to meet their 99.999 reliability standards.
Prodapt helps clients transform their Network, IT, products and operations to meet their strategic objectives and increase agility in the new service launches. Prodapt provides end-to-end IT/Software/Network architecture consulting, application development, systems integration, testing, maintenance & support. Prodapt provides transformation services leveraging next-gen technologies such as AI/ML, SDN-NFV, RPA, and next-gen OSS/BSS systems. Prodapt has offices in the Americas, Europe, India, and Africa and is an ISO, SSAE18 / ISAE, and GDPR Compliant organization. Prodapt is part of a 120-year-old business conglomerate, The Jhaver Group, which employs over 16,500 people across 64+ global locations.
Red Hat solutions provide a secure, open foundation for NFV and SDN solutions. With Red Hat, you can reduce infrastructure complexity and costs, increase operational efficiency, and accelerate time-to-market and time-to-revenue for new product and service offerings. Additionally, Red Hat's open source technologies support the flexibility and growth you need to respond to rapidly changing industry demands now and in the future. Red Hat, the leader in open source software, is committed to bringing the benefits of open source innovation to the communications industry.
Sdnbucks is a knowledge and managed service supplier in the field of Software Defined Networking. Since its launch in November 2016, Sdnbucks has more and more become the home for real specialists. Its growing team consists of SDN and SD-WAN consultants. The unifying factor? Passion for technology, for independent advice, for solutions where the client’s interest is primary always and everywhere. The long-term relationship performs unceremoniously over ‘quick wins,’ always. With this philosophy they serve direct and in-direct clients in different market sectors.
Telco Systems delivers an industry-leading portfolio of Carrier Ethernet and MPLS-based demarcation, aggregation, NFV and vCPE solutions, enabling service providers to create intelligent, service-assured, CE 2.0-compliant networks for mobile backhaul, business services and cloud networking. Telco Systems’ end-to-end Ethernet, SDN/NFV-ready product portfolio delivers significant advantages to service providers, utilities and city carriers competing in a rapidly evolving telecommunications market.
UBiqube streamlines the System Integration and Process Automation journey for digital infrastructure. MSActivator, our programmable orchestration software, spans Cloud, Network, Security and IoT domains. It eliminates the ‘Integration’ pain through highly abstracted modeling, removing the main obstacle in multidomain IT infrastructure Automation. Headquartered in Dublin (Ireland) UBiqube has global presence and an expanding ecosystem of certified System Integrators building smart infrastructure for SmartWorld projects (SmartCities, Industry 4.0, etc).
Founded by industry veterans, Versa Networks is the leader in virtualized network functions and services. Versa Networks visionary approach provides unmatched flexibility, agility and efficiency without the need to install expensive, proprietary equipment. While still in stealth, Versa Networks solutions allow customers to transform the data center and network edge to achieve unprecedented business advantages. Versa Networks is backed by premier venture capital firms including Sequoia Capital and Mayfield Fund.
World Wide Technology (WWT) is a technology solution provider with more than $10 billion in annual revenue that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions to large public and private organizations around the globe. While most companies talk about delivering business and technology outcomes, WWT does it. Based in St. Louis, WWT employs more than 4,600 people and operates over 2 million square feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space in more than 20 facilities throughout the world.
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